Skin Care Basics | Lavender

Lavender is one of those scents that is always a crowd pleaser with its musky, floral notes and the ability to spread calm to whomever manages to get a whiff of it.

There are quite a few more wonderful benefits to lavender than just its pleasant scent, however, and today I thought I’d talk more about those benefits.

Anti-Aging | Lavender has a treasure trove of benefits for your skin and one of the best is its ability to be a natural anti-aging remedy.

It is naturally healing, toning, anti-inflammatory, and stimulating, all of which help to battle against aging skin.

Lavender stimulates new cellular growth and is incredibly diverse since it plays well with all skin types, even skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

 

Healing | I have already briefly mentioned lavender’s healing abilities but it can go much deeper than just healing acne or pesky break outs.

Lavender is amazing at soothing sunburns, swelling, and even bug bites. It can be used as a rub for sore and stiff muscles and joints and as a headache remedy when applied to the temples.

Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that is considered safe to use undiluted and can be applied straight to minor cuts and scrapes and bruises, even new or infected piercings.

 

Relaxing | The fact that the scent of lavender is relaxing to most is not a new discovery by any means but perhaps you haven’t been using it in the ways that you could be.

Lavender promotes restful sleep so you can make it into a relaxing habit of applying a few drops of lavender oil to your temples or the bottoms of your feet.

If you partake in yoga, Pilates, or meditation remember to bring the scent of lavender with you to further the benefits of what you are doing.

Add a few drops of lavender oil to your nighttime moisturizer or lotion to promote a calming and enjoyable mood before you go to bed. You can even go so far as to make a lavender spray to mist your room and sheets with.

Make sure you go and check out my last post where I talk all about what I got up to during the month of September.

Overnight Oil Hair Treatment

 

When it comes to taking care of myself my hair usually ends up falling to the bottom of the list since I prefer to throw it up into a bun and forget about it altogether.

Recently, however, I have been trying to make the extra effort to do a deep conditioning or an oil hair treatment a few nights out of the month.

They are fast and simple with only a few ingredients and a few spare minutes to apply then go to sleep and let the magic happen.

Recipe |

– 4 oz. Olive Oil

– 2 Drops Lavender Oil

– 3 Drops Peppermint Oil

 4 Drops Rosemary Oil

 

This amount of oil should last for many hair treatment and should be stored in a glass bottle since essential oils eat away at any plastic materials.

For this hair treatment I decided to reach for olive oil because of its heartiness as well as the fact that it is a kitchen staple for most.

As for the essential oils, rosemary is a very well know treatment for thick hair growth. Peppermint cleanses as well as promotes hair growth and gives the scalp a pleasant, tingling feeling. Lavender also promotes hair growth, as well as having a deep conditioning effect on both a dry and oily hair and scalp.

This hair treatment is incredibly moisturizing and helps with hair growth but most of all it smells amazing and is the perfect scent combination for a relaxing transition to nighttime.

Apply no more than one to two tablespoons to scalp and massage as well as disperse evenly through hair. Put your hair up and either cover your pillow or hair to avoid making a mess while sleeping and wash out thoroughly in the morning.

This oil can also be used to moisturize and smooth out hair by applying a few drops and massaging it through your hair as a daily hair serum.

If you are interested in researching further about natural hair care and ways to treat hair loss check out this resourceful article.

Skin Care Basics | Essential Oils

Essential oils are very ‘in’ right now and though I’m not one to follow trends or fads, I do fully support the promotion of more natural living.

The addition of essential oils into my skin care routine has been a slow journey and a cautious one since essential oils are very potent oils that need to be handled with care.

They are fun and wonderful ingredients to introduce into your skin care routine and with enough education and a light hand, they can be utterly harmless.

Lavender | Though I tend to stay away from most floral oils because of personal preferences, I do always have a bottle of lavender essential oil on hand.

It’s fragrant and has the amazing ability of calming irritated skin as well as reducing redness. It is also a very moisturizing essential oil which makes it a perfect match for dry skin.

Chamomile | Chamomile just might be one of the most expensive essential oils to buy but if you are really interested in incorporating essential oils into your skin care here are a few reasons why it might be worth the expense.

We all know that chamomile tea is amazing at calming irritation whether that be internal or external, when you use chamomile essential oil you multiply that by ten.

It is very potent and fragrant with a brightening and lightening effect on the skin as well as calming any redness or irritation. It is a fantastic option for those who suffer from acne or skin conditions similar to eczema.

Tea Tree | I have saved the best for last because this essential oil is by far my most used and favorite oil.

As someone who has chronically red and inflamed skin, this oil is my go to almost everyday because of its antibacterial properties.

It has the amazing ability of reducing redness and healing cuts or irritated skin blemishes almost overnight. For those reasons it is very popular as a spot treatment.

As a word of caution, tea tree oil is toxic if taken internally so always keep it away from your mouth and eyes.

Though I have only listed but a very few essential oil options, there are hundreds to choose from and experiment with but as always, you must do so with caution.

When you take charge of your own skin care you must also take charge of the safety measures. Never take essential oils internally unless you have properly researched the oil first and always be light handed with the amount you use even externally since anything can become irritating with too high of a dose.